A Pittsfield native and Blue Angels pilot was killed yesterday afternoon when the jet he was flying crashed during an air show at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina, according to Tom McGill, a family friend.
McGill, a former Taconic High School teacher, confirmed last night that the pilot was Navy Lt. Cmdr. Kevin J. Davis, formerly of Pittsfield.
Initial reports indicated that Blue Angel No. 6, an F/A-18 Hornet, crashed into a heavily populated area after it plummeted below the tree line near the air fields, about 30 minutes after the air show began.